3) Again The Royals Had Trouble Getting Out Of The Sixth
On Tuesday, Yordano Ventura was looking good after giving up only one run through the first five innings. However, he ran into trouble with two outs in the sixth inning allowing a three-run bomb to Boston third baseman Travis Shaw.
The home run turned a comfortable 5-1 lead into a narrow 5-4 margin, eventually prompting Ned Yost to bring in reliever Luke Hochevar to escape the inning.
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In game 1 of Wednesday’s double-header, Ian Kennedy again showed good stuff in the early going only to run into trouble in the sixth inning. Staked to an early 2-0 lead due to Eric Hosmer‘s two-run shot in the first inning, Kennedy allowed the tying score in the sixth before getting pulled in favor of lefty Brian Flynn to get the last out of the sixth.
In game 2, Edinson Volquez had allowed only two runs through the first five innings before the Red Sox started a two-out rally that saw them load the bases. Volquez then gave up a two-run single on a grounder up the middle that gave the Red Sox a commanding 4-1 lead.
The fact is, the Red Sox lineup is simply too good for even pitchers with good stuff to get through their lineup a third time.
Despite the loss, the KC Royals have to feel good about winning their second consecutive series and cooling off a Red Sox team that came to Kauffman Stadium with 24-14 record.
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Game 2: The KC Royals will send Dillon Gee (0-1, 3.12 ERA) to the mound against Carlos Quintana (5-2, 1.54 ERA) for the Chicago White Sox 7:10 CST at US Cellular Field in Chicago, IL Friday, May 19.